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QLD Government confirms record roads and transport investment

  • Posted on Thursday 13th, June 2019.

Transport and Main Roads Minister, Mark Bailey, said the Queensland Transport and Roads Investment Program (QTRIP) 2019-20 to 2022-23 released this week would continue the State Government’s focus on job-creating infrastructure investments, particularly in regional Queensland.

The $23 billion investment is reported to support more than 21,500 Queensland jobs over the next four years.

Bailey said Queensland’s regional towns and cities are the engine room of the state’s economy and when those regions thrive it will support population growth and economic development.

“More than $14.5 billion of this record QTRIP will be spent outside the Brisbane City, Ipswich City and Redland City local government areas,” he said – adding that the investment will make the Bruce Highway safer and more flood-resilient between Brisbane and Cairns. “We will continue to seal the Peninsula Development Road, supporting Indigenous employment. Improvements on the Warrego Highway west of Toowoomba will continue, and we will work with the Federal Government to plan and deliver improvements east of Toowoomba.” 

Bailey said this year’s budget will also pour funding into congestion-busting projects.

“We will continue upgrading the Ipswich Motorway, and progressing construction of the Sumners Road Interchange on the Centenary Highway,” he said.

“We’ll keep building a better M1 from Brisbane to the border – with major projects between Eight Mile Plains and Daisy Hill and Varsity Lakes and Tugun ready to roll as soon as the current two M1 upgrades finish next year.

“We have also committed funding to upgrade three M1 interchanges that serve growing North Gold Coast communities – Exits 41, 49 and 57.

“We’re focusing dollars on where they will make a difference and ring road projects in Townsville, Rockhampton, Mackay and Cairns will benefit those cities by taking traffic, particularly trucks, off local roads.

“These investments boost our state’s economy too, providing efficient bypass routes between regional centres to reduce travel times and costs to mining, agricultural producers and the freight industry.”

Bailey said the budget places road safety high on the agenda, investing more than $900 million in targeted upgrades to ensure Queensland roads are safer.

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